The dialogue and relationships give "Liberal Arts" a warm if shallow glow.
| Original Score: 2/4
A comedy of vocational anxiety, dealing with the stress of not knowing what you will become, not recognising what you have become, and realising it's all behind you.
| Original Score: 4/5
For a film about aging and romanticism, "Liberal Arts" feels like it needs a more mature script.
| Original Score: C+
Besides the acting and original screenplay, the classical music score is another favorable component of the crowd-pleasing escapism offered by this film.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
... likeable in its unambitious way.
| Original Score: 3/5
The superb Olsen has the radiance of one of Eric Rohmer's young heroines and delivers a wonderfully naturalistic and unaffected performance.
Worth a close look.
The most intelligent, truthful movie about literature, higher education and the life of the mind since the Curtis Hanson film of Michael Chabon's novel Wonder Boys a dozen years ago.
An unexpected delight, dealing with intergenerational relationships in a funny and unusual way.
"I echo you on Beethoven: wow!" Josh writes to Elizabeth. I paraphrase you on Liberal Arts, sir: yeugh!
| Original Score: 1/5
The real reward of Liberal Arts is Elizabeth Olsen. With her genuineness and depth, she is the film's defining presence.
| Original Score: B+
Radnor sure has a lot of ideas for his gently diverting romantic comedy, but he hops from one to another without much depth or staying power, leaving you with a big "So what?" at the end.
Liberal Arts maneuvers its story in a philosophical way that is anything but detached. There's a warmth here that reminds audiences why college -- and, dare we say, their core curriculums? -- matter.
Liberal Arts is fundamentally intelligent and perceptive about a world where everything, or nothing, seems to be equally possible and before life as we know it begins in earnest.
I like Liberal Arts. It may be rough and unpolished, but Radnor shows promise as a filmmaker, telling an honest and insightful story that feels extremely authentic.
| Original Score: 7/10
This is an amiable, literate but prosaic U.S. indie movie.
| Original Score: 2/5
You'd do well to take the film's advice: read a book instead.
The script's musings on age, and on whether it is a tyranny, an irrelevance or both, form the subtle spine in a movie with a loose, louche, invertebrate-seeming charm.
Breezy and unobjectionable though Radnor's film is, it's a sign of his relative inexperience as a writer that everyone has to wind up telling us what they've learnt.
Despite a misjudged ending, Liberal Arts is a decent, heart-on-the-sleeve movie; it pays its audience the compliment of treating us like intelligent people.